Millbrook – the vehicle test and validation services provider – recently underlined the versatility of its facilities, as it helped a father-daughter marathon duo prepare for endurance races and events in near-arctic conditions.
Stephan and Chloe Couture are a unique duo, competing in multiple endurance events where Stephan carries, pushes, or pulls Chloe – who has cerebral palsy and a visual impairment – around the course in specialised equipment. Ahead of challenging winter events across Europe, they had to test all equipment and attire to ensure that it would stand up to the extreme conditions and potentially sub-zero temperatures expected.
Millbrook usually uses its climatic chamber – which can create conditions from -30°C to +50°C – for testing and development programmes on vehicles, but it gave Stephan and Chloe exclusive access so they could experience the coldest temperatures they are likely to experience when competing. This was particularly important for testing Chloe’s attire, which includes specialist, self-heating items that would need to hold up during sustained use in extreme conditions.